Top Google Search Terms Of 2006

I went looking for Google’s top terms of 2006 today after seeing that some of them had been leaked to the UK press. Nothing public was up on either the Google press releases page (no surprise, typically hours behind when Google actually releases news) or the main Google Zeitgeist page or the 2006 page. I should have remembered to do what Garett Rogers thought of — follow the regular URL patterns from past years to see if they’d been posted but not publicized. Nice job, Garett. Google Zeitgeist 2006 is live. Top terms for 2006 were:

1. bebo
2. myspace
3. world cup
4. metacafe
5. radioblog
6. wikipedia
7. video
8. rebelde
9. mininova
10. wiki

These will be filtered, of course. Otherwise, you’d see lots of queries for sex and other navigational terms in there that I know have been dropped out.

You can also see top searches for news (paris hilton leads the pack), what’s hot, trends on current events, what Google considers milestones (weddings, divorces, obits), entertainment queries and sports.

Related Topics: Channel: Strategy | Stats: Search Behavior


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  • sarasez

    Interesting to note that under Current Events, the politician tracking chart is based on a misspelling of Hillary Clinton (“Hilary Clinton”). Intentional? Not?

  • Mark

    Anyone else find Google’s top 10 searches for 2006 a little strange; or at least different as compared with Yahoo and MSN?

    Yahoo and MSN both have Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton in their top 10 searches. Google doesn’t have any of these ladies?!

    Can we say that Googles users are a little more highbrow than that of Yahoo and MSN?

    And hats off to Pam Anderson. Did she do anything in 2006? Yet, still in the top 10!!

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